Wednesday, January 20, 2010

More Audacity, Less Hope

President Obama's light is seriously dimming.

A pretty boy Republican has stolen the Boston Senate seat that has belonged to the Kennedys for decades right out from under, and partisanship is storming away at an all-time high in American politics.

Read Konrad Yakabuski's excellent coverage in this morning's Globe.

Even a grand old Democratic warrior like Harry Belafonte, speaking the other day with Tavis Smiley is disenchanted with the directions and tones coming these days from the White House.

If the health care bill is lost, Obama may have the shortest effective presidency in history.

May all of this get much better - and soon!

Mumbo Jumbo

"We strongly believe in local television and we're strongly committed to local television"


This was a Rogers executive, speaking about how their wholly-owned CITY-TV franchise is cutting local news across the country.

It always amazes me how folks like this can say things like, "We love you and we care deeply for you," as they drive the knife expertly between L4 and L5.

The irony here is that in this case, the cable operator and the broadcaster are one and the same.

Don't you love those mushy TV ads declaring that Local TV Matters?

They go out of their way to find a round black woman, who immediately suggests motherhood and professorship and intelligence and integrity all at studied once to babble on about the importance of local television.

All the while the people who have paid for the ad make all of their money buying shows in and from Los Angeles or making new Canadian drek like, "Human Target," and cutting local news.

The bottom line here is that the very sociopathds who are crying for more breaks from the government and claimning ownership of local concerns are in reality cutting jobs and information and public access.

Be clear in understanding what colossal bullshitters they really are.